kimber vs Springfield?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by sheets8, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. sheets8

    sheets8 New Member

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    I'm trying to decide between the two. Both feel comfortable in my hand but I haven't had an opportunity to fire either. Any input?
     
  2. GunRunner

    GunRunner New Member

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    Both are excellent fire arms and I'm sorry I have never fired a Springfield but I do own a Kimber. From my understanding Kimber is the reason a lot of 1911's are now comming from the factory pre-customized because Kimber was incorporating those modifications at the factory and selling them for a price better than you could get if you took your stock pistol to a Gun Smith to have them perform the work. With that said, get whichever you like better. I doubt that you will be disappointed by either.
     

  3. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    Fire both your potential choices. Which one do you prefer? I know owners of both brands, they are happy.
    FWIW, Springfield has a lifetime warranty. Kimber, one year. Whether you find this important, is up to you.
    I own a SA Trophy Match. It's been great. My Kimber ownership experience is irrelevant to this discussion, as it's a rifle.
     
  4. jimogden1984

    jimogden1984 New Member

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    I own a springfield champion gi. Its my everyday carry, I have no complaints. Never had any problems with it, picked it up used for about $600. The only thing I would change is put some night sights on it. Put probably 1000 rounds or more through it and never had any problems except with hollow points but that was just because the feed ramp needed polished. Since I got that done no problems at all.
     
  5. rock185

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    I have owned several Kimbers and Springfields. They were/are standard production types,e.g. Trophy Match, Loaded, Target II, Eclipse, etc. My Springfield Trophy Match went back for a new slide. My springfield loaded had all kinds of problems, which included near non-existant accuracy, unreliable with any factory ammo I tried, barrel feet and slide improperly machined, sharp edges, just generally rough overall. This one, a gunsmith and I corrected, while doing custom work planned for the gun. I have a custom, built on an older standard parkerized Springfield, which is quite nice.

    My Kimbers have been much better overall. Cleaner machine work, better fit of barrel-to-slide-to-frame, better finish, excellent accuracy and total reliability, except for one easily correctible problem with one gun. I understand the higher end Springfields like the TRP or Pro are quite nice, but I've never owned any of those.

    I still own and shoot both brands. But, given my experience with five Kimbers and three Springfields, unless I were planning on extensive, and expensive, custom work on the Springfield to begin with, I'd have to go with the Kimber...ymmv

    BTW, a gunsmith I spoke with recently indicated he doesn't work on many Kimbers because people just buy one with the features they want and don't usually need any additional work...
     
  6. martyd

    martyd New Member

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    Kimber but get S.S.- Both are great guns. Good shooting.
     
  7. sheets8

    sheets8 New Member

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    Thanks this is all been great information I think I'm leaning towards kimber
     
  8. rjgnwdc

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  9. xdm11chad

    xdm11chad New Member

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    It's really mixed feelings.
    I own both my kimber-good
    My Springfield loaded-amazing
    But I like both
    I think kimber could put a little more quality in the pistols they produce
    Just my .02
     
  10. xSTRIKERx

    xSTRIKERx New Member

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    I have a old Springfield TRP Operator with 5" bull barrel I love it bought it ten years ago and the night sights are still bright as can be
     
  11. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    I like the Springfields but choose the one that feels best in your hand , balances well in hand and you wont have any regrets in your choice
     
  12. glock1911

    glock1911 New Member

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    I was in the same boat. After all the online research I've done, I decided to go with Springfield. I've just heard/read more negative things about Kimber. Plus, the Springfield Operator was just too sexy for me to pass up.
     

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  13. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    You made the better choice for sure.....just gotta ask,did you intend to make your user name a contridiction?
     
  14. martyd

    martyd New Member

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    Nice- Can i ask what you paid ?
     
  15. xSTRIKERx

    xSTRIKERx New Member

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    NICE love the OD green here's mine

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  16. martyd

    martyd New Member

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    I went to my gun store to look at some 1911.They had a Springfield Armory Trophy Match 1911-A1 .45ACP List price was $1100 -he just put it up for sale $750. I like the gun, felt good in my hand. I put a deposit on it. I saw a few guys on this site, have one. Do you like the gun ?
     
  17. glock1911

    glock1911 New Member

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    Well, I love Glocks, and I love 1911s. Have you seen the fake picture of a "Glock 1911" on the Internet? It's pretty funny, I wonder if Glock would make a good 1911.....
     
  18. glock1911

    glock1911 New Member

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    750 sounds like a good price. I paid $1149.00 +tax for my MC Operator. It hurt to give the money away but the pain was gone 10 minutes later when I shot it at the range.